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SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

Carl Sagan champions the continued search for aliens, if they exist. In April 2011, SETI announced that due to budgetary constraints, their radio telescope array would be set into hibernation mode... indefinately. At a cost of one attack helicopter a year, surely we've got our priorities wrong?

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slicksps slicksps (1158 days ago)
Statistically and biologically there is life elsewhere, and if it's likely to want to destroy us, then this type of project should surely come out of a defence budget... and a world defence budget. Seti costs $2.5m per year to run, split between the superpowers, this could be next to nothing relative to other projects and expenses. Having said that, isn't this NASA's job?
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Statistically and biologically there is life elsewhere, and if it's likely to want to destroy us, then this type of project should surely come out of a defence budget... and a world defence budget. Seti costs $2.5m per year to run, split between the superpowers, this could be next to nothing relative to other projects and expenses. Having said that, isn't this NASA's job?
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Latest comment: The way we're poisoning the seas, clear cutting rain forests, polluting the skies and increasing in numbers like a virus, the surest sign of intelligent life on other planets is that none if it has tried to contact us so far.
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Latest comment: The way we're poisoning the seas, clear cutting rain forests, polluting the skies and increasing in numbers like a virus, the surest sign of intelligent life on other planets is that none if it has tried to contact us so far.
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Guest: Argle (1158 days ago)
One locust doesn't eat much. The sky filled with them destroys whole farms. Sure, it's just a little to fund SETI, but it's just a little to fund 1 million other wasteful projects, and little is more pointless than SETI.
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One locust doesn't eat much. The sky filled with them destroys whole farms. Sure, it's just a little to fund SETI, but it's just a little to fund 1 million other wasteful projects, and little is more pointless than SETI.
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Blong Blong (1158 days ago)
If/when we discover life elsewhere, then that's a pretty big nail in the coffin of religion. That alone would pay for itself many times over in making the world a less hate-filled place to inhabit.
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If/when we discover life elsewhere, then that's a pretty big nail in the coffin of religion. That alone would pay for itself many times over in making the world a less hate-filled place to inhabit.
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